Sewing Bees

15 January 2021

Charlotte and Zara have been busy Design Technology bees, designing and sewing. Impressively, they have also gone green; supporting the environment by upcycling materials.

Zara cleverly gave buttons, bows and fabric a new lease of life in the form of a very useable, beautiful bag and cushion.

An old t-shirt was transformed by Charlotte’s magical sewing machine skills into a fantastic Harry Potter cushion.

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  • Spring has Sprung!

    Spring has Sprung!

    05 March 2021
    Year 4 are blossoming with enthusiasm for their new artist, Tracey English! The London based illustrator and surface pattern artist creates collages with hand-painted papers.
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  • Individual Music Lessons

    Individual Music Lessons

    05 March 2021
    Our visiting music teachers have been working wonders during lockdown, preparing pupils to sit remote exams and to perform wherever possible. 
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  • Year 3 Peer Gynt Artwork

    Year 3 Peer Gynt Artwork

    05 March 2021
    Year 3’s imaginations have been on fire this term listening to Grieg’s music In the Hall of the Mountain King.
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  • Prefect Book Review

    Prefect Book Review

    05 March 2021
    Who doesn’t love a good story…? It could be fantasy, mystery, autobiography, or a spooky horror. And it could be enjoyed out in the garden on a hot summers day or curled up by the fire with a steaming...
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  • Message from our Head of Pre-Prep - 5th March 2021

    Message from our Head of Pre-Prep - 5th March 2021

    05 March 2021
    Message from our Head of Pre-Prep: A message for the children
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  • Raspberry Muffin Recipe

    Raspberry Muffin Recipe

    26 February 2021
    Prefect Clementine B (Year 6) has shared a wonderful recipe with us, to bake delicious raspberry muffins. 
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  • Book Review - Prefect Report

    Book Review - Prefect Report

    26 February 2021
    Prefect Evelyn W (Year 6) has written an excellent book review of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, by Joan Aiken.
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  • Message from the Head - 26th February 2021

    Message from the Head - 26th February 2021

    25 February 2021
    How wonderful that, in the week we introduced collaboration and flexibility as our learning powers, we also found out that we will all be back together from Monday 8th March!
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  • Half Term Drama Production

    25 February 2021
    Over Half Term, Mr Watkins launched a Drama competition, where each class performed a selection of poems and prose.
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  • Looking for something to read?

    Looking for something to read?

    12 February 2021
    During lockdown, there are lots of opportunities for the children to spend some time curled up with a good book.
    MORE
  • Snow Poems

    12 February 2021
    Poetry can be defined as 'literature that evokes a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience'.
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  • Escape into a Landscape

    12 February 2021
    Year 4 have creatively escaped from lockdown by creating their very own L.S. Lowry landscapes.
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  • You Cube

    You Cube

    12 February 2021
    Create a You Cube to celebrate being part of the SVPS community.
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  • Message from our Head - 12th February 2021

    Message from our Head - 12th February 2021

    12 February 2021
    I am sure that we can all agree that, in many ways, this lockdown has been much harder than the first one.
    MORE
  • Headmaster Announcement

    Headmaster Announcement

    08 February 2021
    Mrs Gillian Swaine, Chair of the Governors at Sutton Valence School, is delighted to announce that the Governing Body has appointed Mr James Thomas as the new Headmaster of the School, effective as of...
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  • Year 2 Art Competition

    Year 2 Art Competition

    05 February 2021
    In Year 2 we have been inspired by the story of 'Katie and the Waterlily Pond'. 
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  • Beat COVID Board Game

    Beat COVID Board Game

    05 February 2021
    Beat Covid is a family game created by Aryaa O-S (Year 6) that encourages you to be physically active.
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  • Stamps of Approval

    05 February 2021
    The well-known artist and craftsman, William Morris would definitely have given his stamp of approval to the wonderful stamp designs that Year 5 has created.
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  • Games Review

    Games Review

    05 February 2021
    As part of his prefect duties, Kit H (Year 6) wrote a report on Year 5 and 6's Games competition.
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  • Design Technology Takes Flight

    05 February 2021
    SVPS is full of Design Technology enthusiasts!
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  • Calling the Community 

    Calling the Community 

    05 February 2021
    Do you want to take part in the largest exhibition ever staged? Do you want to be part of a 'magical patchwork of creativity' and 'unleash your national flair'? The East of England's contemporary visu...
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  • Ancient Egyptian Potions

    05 February 2021
    This week, Year 1 has been learning about Ancient Egyptian potions.
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  • Buddies

    05 February 2021
    As part of their transition into Prep, children in Year 2 are allocated a buddy in Year 5 who can 'show them the ropes' and support them as they head up to the Coles Building. 
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  • Message from our Deputy Head - 5th February 2021

    Message from our Deputy Head - 5th February 2021

    05 February 2021
    Of all the skills learned in School, the ability to read must be number one.
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  • DT In Action

    29 January 2021
    Harry H (Year 6) and brother Charlie (Year 4) have been actively applying their skills to construct flood-resistant homes and floating gardens for their Independent Design Technology Project.
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  • New Brownie

    New Brownie

    29 January 2021
    Amy J (Year 2) joined Brownies last week, she informed her peers in the class on Friday and spent her day in full uniform.
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  • Science is Sweet

    Science is Sweet

    29 January 2021
    Aaryan H (Year 6) has written a report about what Year 6 got up to in Science this week.
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  • Choir Time

    Choir Time

    29 January 2021
    “You’ve gotta make your own kind of music”, and that’s exactly what our Senior and Chamber Choir have been doing!
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  • Magical Landscapes

    Magical Landscapes

    29 January 2021
    Friedensreich Hundertwasser was an artist who loved colour and nature.
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  • Message from Academic Deputy Head - 29th January 2021

    Message from Academic Deputy Head - 29th January 2021

    29 January 2021
    One definition of learning is ‘if nothing has changed in long-term memory then nothing has been learned’.
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  • Home Sweet Home

    22 January 2021
    As we are all spending more time at home at the moment, now is the perfect opportunity to complete some interior design. 
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  • Tissue Monsters

    22 January 2021
    Our Year 3 key worker children were given the task to create a tissue box monster as part of their Independent Extended Design Technology project.
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  • Year 5 Book Study

    22 January 2021
    Year 5 have started their new book study for this term, The Girl Who Stole an Elephant. 
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  • Art - David Hockney

    22 January 2021
    Seb H (Year 6) has been telling us all about Year 6's Art lesson this week, and how they are looking at a new artist known as David Hockney.
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  • Music at Home

    22 January 2021
    While your children are spending more time at home than usual and perhaps looking for ways to entertain themselves, why not encourage them to spend time on some musical pursuits?
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  • Lent Term Book Club

    22 January 2021
    We are delighted to offer a new Lent Term Book Club for our Prep children.
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  • From our Head Girl

    From our Head Girl

    22 January 2021
    Our new Head Girl, Mya B (Year 6), has written an excellent poem about the current situation we find ourselves in, with a wonderful sense of positivity throughout.
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  • Message from Head of Pre-Prep - 22nd January 2021

    Message from Head of Pre-Prep - 22nd January 2021

    22 January 2021
    Well Pre-Prep, how can I start this newsletter without saying a very big well done to each and every one of you and of course, your parents.
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  • Key Worker Children - 15th January 2021

    15 January 2021
    Although our key worker children are really missing their friends, they are making the best of the situation in School.
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  • Sewing Bees

    15 January 2021
    Charlotte and Zara have been busy Design Technology bees, designing and sewing.
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  • Stepping into Lowry’s Life

    Stepping into Lowry’s Life

    15 January 2021
    Year 4 have stepped into the world of artist LS Lowry. A world filled with factories, street scenes, grey skies and matchstick figures with large feet.
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  • Amazing Ancient Egypt

    15 January 2021
    Year One are enjoying learning about Ancient Egypt.
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  • PE Update - 15th January 2021

    15 January 2021
    Year 3 and 4 had a lot of fun doing Games in Bates Hall this week. Mr Davey has introduced 'Mad Monday' where pupils wear full sports kit of any sport they wish!
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  • Mind Maps

    15 January 2021
    Hettie K and Emma R have produced inspiration mind maps to show their existing knowledge of Social Responsibility, as they start our new topic in P4L.
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  • Show and Tell

    Show and Tell

    15 January 2021
    Freddie in 2MD kick-started our first show and tell. He prepared a speech for us talking about his two cats, Atty and Dinx.
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  • Lockdown Calendar

    Lockdown Calendar

    15 January 2021
    "Forget the Advent calendar… It is time for a Lockdown Calendar!", says our Lent Term prefect, Evie W.
    MORE
  • The BIG Garden Bird Watch

    The Big Garden Bird Watch

    15 January 2021
    "Are you bored with another lockdown in winter with bad weather? Me too!", says Nathan C. "So, this year I am taking part in the Big Garden Bird Watch."
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  • Message from our Deputy Head - 15th January 2021

    Message from our Deputy Head - 15th January 2021

    15 January 2021
    I began this term by talking to the whole School about our new Learning Powers of Tenacity and Bravery.
    MORE
  •  Scratch Animation Tutorial

    Scratch Animation Tutorial

    08 January 2021
    Harry H (Year 6) says, "One of the activities I enjoyed doing during the first lockdown was making games and animations using the coding programme Scratch."
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  • Having Fun with The Highwayman

    Having Fun with The Highwayman

    08 January 2021
    In English, we are learning about The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes.
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  • Foundation Art Exhibition Winner - SVPS

    Foundation Art Exhibition Winner - SVPS

    08 January 2021
    As a member of The United Westminster and Grey Coat Foundation, our School was one of five participating in the annual Art Exhibition.
    MORE
  • SVPS Virtual Journeys - Lent Term 2021

    SVPS Virtual Journeys - Lent Term 2021

    08 January 2021
    As a result of the Government’s decision to close all schools in England, we have successfully started our Lent term online.
    MORE
  • Message from the Head - 8th January 2021

    Message from the Head - 8th January 2021

    08 January 2021
    It is the third day of the new term and, as I type, children are demonstrating their resilience, flexibility and impressive technical skills as they get on with their virtual lessons, both at home and...
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  • P4L – Michaelmas Highlights

    P4L – Michaelmas Highlights

    11 December 2020
    The children have really enjoyed their P4L lessons this term.
    MORE
  • Weighing Things Up

    Weighing Things Up

    11 December 2020
    Reception has been introduced to weighing this week.
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  • Prep PE

    Prep PE

    11 December 2020
    Despite still not being able to swim on mass, pupils in Year 3 to 6 have thoroughly enjoyed PE this half term.
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  • Swim Squad

    11 December 2020
    It has been nearly 10 months since our Swim Squads last had a dip in the pool.
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  • Musical Statistics

    11 December 2020
    This term, our team of ten visiting Music teachers have, between them, completed a staggering 70+ individual trial Music lessons to help children decide what musical instrument they would like to lear...
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  • Capturing Christmas

    Capturing Christmas

    11 December 2020
    The Christmas spirit was captured last Friday during Curiosity Day.
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  • Message from the Head - 11th December 2020

    11 December 2020
    Everyone at SVPS has been determined to ensure that we have a thoroughly Christmassy end to the term, despite the current restrictions, and I am pleased to report that we are well and truly immersed i...
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  • Super Spanish 2020

    04 December 2020
    The Michaelmas Term saw Year 6 start to learn Spanish.
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  • Dazzling Decorations

    Dazzling Decorations

    04 December 2020
    The SVPS Christmas trees are looking very well dressed.
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  • Soetkoekies (Sweet Cookies)

    Soetkoekies (Sweet Cookies)

    04 December 2020
    Lily-Mae S (Year 6) has been busy making Soetkoekies this week.
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  • Greek Vases

    Greek Vases

    04 December 2020
    The Ancient Greeks loved vases.
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  • P4L - Health and Safety

    P4L - Health and Safety

    04 December 2020
    Year 3’s current focus in P4L is Health and Safety and last week had them contemplating the importance of personal hygiene and keeping well. 
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  • Informal Concert - Year 3

    Informal Concert - Year 3

    04 December 2020
    What a show our Year 3 instrumentalists presented last Friday night.
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  • Message from Academic Deputy Head - 4th December 2020

    Message from Academic Deputy Head - 4th December 2020

    04 December 2020
    This week we took a slight deviation from the normal routine at SVPS; we celebrated Curiosity Day across the different year groups.
    MORE
  • Year 6 Teasers

    27 November 2020
    According to the dictionary, a teaser is a short introductory advertisement for a product that stimulates interest by remaining cryptic. 
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  • Meet the Collibots!

    Meet the Collibots!

    27 November 2020
    A new family has joined SVPS in the form of the Collibots; a recycled family that has been created by Sophie D and Oliver M in 4S.
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  • Quel temps fait-il? (What is the weather like?)

    Quel temps fait-il? (What is the weather like?)

    27 November 2020
    The Year 6 children have been working hard in their French lessons this term, working towards writing, and performing a TV weather report.
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  • P4L Profit and Loss

    P4L Profit and Loss

    27 November 2020
    This half term, Year 6 has been focusing on money, budgeting and finance as part of the Social Responsibility topic.
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  • Writing Winner

    Writing Winner

    27 November 2020
    This week, we had the wonderful news that Tess H (Year 5) has been chosen as a finalist for the Leeds Castle's BIG Story Writing Challenge.
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  • Pre-Prep Wildlife Art Competition

    27 November 2020
    Our Pre-Prep children had great fun entering the Art competition, with the theme being 'wildlife'.
    MORE
  • Informal Concert - Year 5

    Informal Concert - Year 5

    27 November 2020
    At the end of last week, a magical feeling settled on School House as some stunning Christmas decorations appeared around the main entrance.
    MORE
  • Message from Head of Pre-Prep - 27th November 2020

    Message from Head of Pre-Prep - 27th November 2020

    27 November 2020
    This week has seen a number of very difficult decisions being made in Pre-Prep and Prep.
    MORE
  • Message from Deputy Head - 20th November 2020

    Message from Deputy Head - 20th November 2020

    20 November 2020
    It’s been another busy week at SVPS as we find ourselves well underway with the second half of this term.
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  • Create a Christmas Tree Decoration Competition

    20 November 2020
    The Create a Christmas Tree Decoration Competition has been born!
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  • Egg Experiment

    20 November 2020
    Year 1 carried out an egg experiment in Science to find out the height you have to drop an egg from before it breaks.
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  • Prefect Report - Lockdown v2

    20 November 2020
    Over the course of the Half Term break, we had the very disappointing news that the whole of the UK would be in another Lockdown for a month.
    MORE
  • Recreation in RE

    Reincarnation in RE

    20 November 2020
    In RE, Year 5 have been finding out about Buddhist worship and beliefs.
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  • Maths Week

    Maths Week

    20 November 2020
    This year, we hosted a scaled-down Maths Week, England. Every day the pupils had a range of maths puzzles to complete.
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  • Children in Need 2020

    20 November 2020
    Last week we celebrated Children in Need.
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  • P4L - Global Awareness

    20 November 2020
    For the second half of term, Year 4 have moved on to the Global Awareness and Understanding strand of our new P4L curriculum. We began the topic by considering what we mean by Global Awareness and why...
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  • Electrifying Start

    13 November 2020
    Year 6 have made a brilliant start to the term’s work!
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  • P4L Philosophy

    13 November 2020
    In the last week before the half term break, Years 3 to 6 found out a bit more about philosophy during their P4L lessons.
    MORE
  • Realistic Robots

    13 November 2020
    Year 5 have been developing their drawing skills with the help of robots.
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  • Movember with Mr Moulton

    13 November 2020
    This November, as we return to School for the second half of the term and the country goes into lockdown for a second time, Mr Moulton decided to take part in Movember.
    MORE
  • HIK SVS Update - November 2020

    13 November 2020
    On 30th October, HIK SVS held their annual cross-country style competition.
    MORE
  • Remembrance Service 2020

    13 November 2020
    On Wednesday, the whole School reflected on the sacrifice made by so many in the armed forces when we marked Armistice Day with our Act of Remembrance.
    MORE
  • Message from the Head - 13th November 2020

    Message from the Head - 13th November 2020

    13 November 2020
    It has been lovely to welcome everyone back to School for the second half of term and the children have already impressed their teachers by getting straight back into the swing of things, with their u...
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  • Creative Challenge

    23 October 2020
    This past week saw Year 3 attempt to channel their thinking skills in creative ways.
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  • Forest School

    Forest School

    23 October 2020
    Last Friday, Reception had a wonderful time in Forest School. 
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  • A Stitch in Time

    A Stitch in Time

    23 October 2020
    The phrase a ‘stitch in time saves nine’ is an old saying which is believed to have had its origins in sewing.
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  • Lighting Up the Science Lab

    Lighting Up the Science Lab

    23 October 2020
    It has been a busy few weeks in Science as the children have had lots of fun, completing their topics this half term.
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  • PE News

    23 October 2020
    With no swimming allowed, PE this term took a slightly different route to our previous Michaelmas terms.
    MORE
  • Message from the Head - 23rd October 2020

    Message from the Head - 23rd October 2020

    23 October 2020
    Looking back over the last seven weeks, it is incredible to reflect on how much has been achieved despite the challenging times in which we continue to live.
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  • Clay Coasters

    Clay Coasters

    16 October 2020
    In Design Technology, Year 4 became Roman artisans; designing and making mosaic-inspired coasters.
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  • Cool Coding

    Cool Coding

    16 October 2020
    Year 3 have been working with Scratch this term.
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  • P4L - Mind Maps

    16 October 2020
    Year 6 have been exploring ways to stretch their minds, as they continue to explore learning and strategies that can help. They have discovered mind maps.
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  • Message from Academic Deputy Head - 16th October 2020

    Message from Academic Deputy Head - 16th October 2020

    16 October 2020
    In a week that has seen a large proportion of Year 6 undertaking assessments, both in the form of the Kent Test and also Scholarship Assessments for the Senior School, it is pertinent, perhaps, to con...
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